Holiday Cheesecakes

Surprise your guests with a twist on traditional cheesecake this holiday season with a few helpful ideas from Food Network.

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Cheesecake with a Twist

All great cheesecakes have two things in common: a cream cheese filling and a buttery crumb crust. But a few well-chosen add-ins can make all the difference, separating a basic cheesecake from something truly memorable. Try any of these takes on a traditional holiday standby.

Mint Chocolate Cheesecake

This dessert marries the richness of cheesecake with the refreshing minty chocolate of grasshopper pie. Serve it in full portions or cut it into minis for an elegant finish to a meal.

Get the Recipe: Mint Chocolate Cheesecake

Cheesecake Balls

Use leftover cheesecake to make frozen chocolate-dipped cake pops, coated in an assortment of your favorite candies. They're also a perfectly festive gift for your holiday party hostess.

Get the Recipe: Cheesecake Balls

Honey Ricotta Cheesecake

Crushed biscotti cookies form the buttery crumb crust for Giada's smooth ricotta cheesecake. Use orange blossom honey or clover honey in the cake batter for a hint of floral flavor.

Get the Recipe: Honey Ricotta Cheesecake

Goat Cheese Cheesecake

Anne Burrell bakes a tangy goat cheese filling in a gingersnap cookie crust (you can also use graham cracker crumbs), then tops the finished cake with vanilla pineapple compote.

Get the Recipe: Goat Cheese Cheesecake

Holiday Cheesecake

Giada De Laurentiis' showstopping cheesecake is full of surprises — for one, it's both sweet and savory. Full of flavorful goat cheese, roasted bell peppers and basil, this dish is more of an appetizer than a dessert. Toasted baguettes form the crust, and sweet strawberry jam topping makes the whole cake glisten.

Get the Recipe: Holiday Cheesecake